Hawaii Bats Way to Game 1 Win Over Gents
Saturday, March 19, 2011
HONOLULU, Hawai'i-Playing at the beautiful Les Murakami Stadium on the campus of the University of Hawai'i, the Centenary baseball team faced an offensively sound Rainbow squad that went up early and held on for a 10-1 win in Game 1 of the four-game set.

The Gents (3-7) put up six hits as a squad, led by the multi-hit game by junior Kyle Morton. The lefty finished the night, 2-for-3 with a solo shot to right center and a single up the right field line.

Also picking up hits on the evening were junior Seth Lugo (1x4), freshman Marc Martinez (1x3), sophomore Matt Creamer (1x3), and freshman Pete Rajkovich (1x1).

Centenary managed to base its lead off hitters in the first three innings, but struggled to find a way to score as Hawai'i took advantage of an inconsistent Gents' pitching staff plating runs in each of the first three frames.

Sophomore Cole Thompson (1.0,1,2,2,4,0) got the start, but was relieved early after the Rainbows put up two runs on four walks. Hawai'i continued to build on its lead, stringing together five hits in the second inning to go up 5-0.

Junior Zach Christ (1.0,4,3,3,1,2) pitched 1.0 inning in relief of Thompson, but wasn't able to control the hot-hitting Rainbows. Freshman Sam Martin (1.0,4,3,3,2,1) took over in the third, but would also fall victim to Hawai'i's strong offensive effort.

Down 8-0, Centenary found its way in the scoring column when Morton belted his team-leading third home run of the season, clearing the 365' right center wall easily to give the Gents one run in the top of the fourth.

Freshman Ryan Maldonado (4.0,3,2,2,1,5) came out in relief of Martin in the fourth and fired his best outing of his collegiate year, holding Hawai'i to two runs on three hits in 4.0 innings out of the pen.

Behind Maldonado, Centenary saw several impressive efforts on the defensive end, including two wall-grabbing catches by freshman centerfielder Nic Parrott, a 765 putout by sophomore Kyle Mauch, Creamer and Talamantes after a double to left center and a diving snag by Rajkovich up the middle.

Junior Dan Lazarou (1.0,1,0,0,1,2) tossed a scoreless eighth inning in relief of Maldonado, who highlighted the defensive effort in the evening contest.

Thompson would suffer the loss, falling to 0-4 on the season.

Hawai'i's Matt Sisto (8.0,6,1,1,1,7) earned the win after tossing 8.0 complete innings, allowing one run on six hits with seven strikeouts.

Centenary will continue its four-game set on Saturday at 11:35 pm CT, followed by a 6:05 pm CT start on Sunday. All game action can be followed on www.hawaiiathletics.com.